Biodiversity of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone
“Assessment of the state and trends of the development of natural landscapes and biodiversity in the territory of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone“. DNRU report “Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology”, 2017
The detailed description of biological diversity in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone was given as a result of the field studies and analysis of the earlier published data. Main emphasis was put on vascular plants and fauna of vertebrates as the most studied groups of the region. A review of the current state of research of the wild flora and fauna was given. Information on trends of development of the Chornobyl Zone ecosystems complexes over all period after the accident on the ChNPP was presented. A list of vertebrate species and vascular plants recorded in the Exclusion Zone was provided. A great attention was paid to the ‘red book’ species protected according to the national legislation and international conventions. The expected results included also the definition of the most valuable in environmental sense areas of the ChEZ with justification of such conclusion. Assessment of ecosystems in the ChEZ for support and enrichment of biodiversity and ecological balance in the Eastern European region was done.